La Gran Milonga

Ricardo Hector Suarez, milonguero viejo

The grand milonga takes place on the first Saturday in December on Avenida de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires.  There are three stages with orchestras and dancing in the street from 8:00 until 2:00.  The best dressed milonguero viejo is always Ricardo Suarez (90).

Ricardo Suarez dancing on stage at La Gran Milonga

I organized a group of North American and British friends to join me in a reserved section in front of the stage. There was a good turnout of locals from the milongas who danced to recorded music planned by Vivi La Falce. The wooden platform was coming apart at the seams while we danced the night away, but that didn’t put a damper on our enjoyment of the beautiful night of tango.

Photo by Gerta Woodberry

Photo by Gerta Woodberry

The highlight of the night was a brief appearance of the tango legend Alberto Podesta who sang Percal (solo) and then Nido Gaucho (duet). Dancers stood in front of the stage while he performed only ten weeks after his 90th birthday.  Podesta walks with a cane, but he didn’t need any help singing.  It was a special treat to hear this great singer in person.

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3 Responses to “La Gran Milonga”

  1. Geoff Nicholls Says:

    Thanks Janis!

  2. Carol Conway Says:

    Lovely…..

  3. Practica El Beso Says:

    Great picture of Ricardo Suarez….wonderful dancer and person!

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